Howard Krein, MD, PhD

//Howard Krein, MD, PhD

Dr. Howard Krein is the chief medical officer of StartUp Health. Since the company launched in 2011, StartUp Health’s mission has been to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world by organizing, supporting and investing in a global army of entrepreneurs working to achieve 10 “Health Moonshots,” each of which will improve the lives of at least one billion people. StartUp Health partners with entrepreneurs who are working on world-changing companies as part of the largest and fastest growing health innovation portfolio – with more than 220 companies from 19 countries and 6 continents – along with a curated worldwide network of 200,000 innovators, industry leaders and investors committed to supporting the entrepreneurs reinventing the future of health. 

Additionally, Dr. Krein is the senior director of Health Policy and Innovation at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. He also is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and a founding partner and co–director of Jefferson’s Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Center. In 2017, Dr. Krein was appointed to the board of directors of the Biden Cancer Initiative. 

Dr. Krein is part of an exclusive group of physicians with two doctorates, receiving his M.D. from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Krein completed internships in both emergency medicine and general surgery, a residency in otolaryngology: head and neck surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in neuroscience from Rutgers University. Dr. Krein lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.